The Raven Cafe

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A wonderful Sketch of Edgar Allan Poe, hung right by our table.

Have you ever stumbled upon something or someplace unique, that you probably would have never seen or done, because you were never expecting to go there.  But it made such an impression on you, that you had to immediately take to social media to spread the word? No? Just me then… anyway perhaps you enjoyed it to the extent that you both want and don’t want to share it with the masses or even your friends (perhaps you are a secret spot hoarder) or maybe you want it both ways, after all if no one were to ever go there the establishment may go out of business or that sweet spot disappear.

I was faced with this conundrum, just the other day, after driving some equipment my husband had forgotten, that he needed for his job site in Port Huron, Michigan, (roughly 2 hours from my house).. Since I did him a favor he was kind enough to take me out to lunch.  Driving around the few main streets of Port Huron, we found the atmospheric Raven Cafe

 

 

Located in a 2 story brick building, with 2 levels that you can eat on, including a sweet little (very little) balcony with a semi-nice view of the river.  Tiffany lighting, an aged oak bar, exposed brick, poster art and bookshelves filled with real actual books that you can touch and read, fill the interior.  Seriously, could you ask for more in a restaurant.  But wait it gets better ( I know right how could it possibly), the menu is themed, what’s that you say? that’s lame, no, no it’s not friends, not when the theme is Edgar Allan Poe, now your on board right, right? The Menu had some neat illustrations as well as snippets from Poe’s poems, plus most of the dishes has cool names like the Ruben my husband ordered call the Pit and Pendulum, I ordered the french onion soup with the Eldorado salad (no cool names for me).  The food was yummy and they serve lot’s of cool coffees and craft beers, neither of which I tried. Our server, Patrick had just the right balance of making sure we had everything we needed, without being annoying by coming over too much.  That’s a fine art in the serving world believe me.  Overall it was a cozy atmosphere where you could have drinks and read or enjoy a leisurely lunch.  I’m already plotting a return trip.  Check out some more photo’s below, they are not the greatest has I only had my phone.

 

 

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Books, they also had some more contemporary titles.

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each table top was different, either featuring artwork or old photographs.

 

 

 

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the balcony

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The Pit and Pendulum grilled ruben

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Even all the graffiti in the bathroom was meant to be inspirational.

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the womans restroom, add cool old school advertisements on the walls.

The view from the top of the stairs.

The view from the top of the stairs.

 

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Banned Book Week, September 22 -28, 2013

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What is banned book week?

Banned book week, is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, by drawing attention to banned or challenged books.  In the United States this means keeping banned and challenged books available for individuals to obtain their own view points or opinions of books that many believe to have unorthodox or unpopular view points.

Usually held during the last week of September, the event encourages readers to examine challenged literature, and also promotes intellectual freedom  in libraries, schools, and stores. The goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the restraints that are still imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

For more information regarding Banned Book Week, please visit bannedbooksweek.org

 

What is a Banned Book?

A banned book, is a book that free access is denied.  In other words a group or a person is protesting that the book is not suitable for a certain age group or for the general public.  This challenge is based on several factors but is most often based on political, religious or moral ideas that are unpopular, offensive to that group or unorthodox.

 

What is the Difference Between a Banned Book and a Challenged Book?

A challenge is an attempt to have the book removed based on the objections of certain groups.

 A banning is the removal of those materials from the mainstream library or schools.

 

Why Should You Care?

The banning or challenging of a book, is based on one person or a certain group of people’s view-point or moral code.  As with any censorship this is an attempt to stop anyone else from having an opinion or view-point of their own.  As citizens of the United States the First amendment is suppose to help stop censorship, each person should be given the chance to say this is ok or not ok for myself or my children to read, write or anything else.  Censorship of books is saying that you as a normal law-abiding citizen is not capable of making that choice on your own, someone else is choosing for you, and that is not ok.

 

Some of the Most Popular Banned Books:

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

The Davinci Code by Dan Brown

 

The Top 5 Challenged Books of 2012:

Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey

The absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James

and Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

 

I encourage you all to read a banned or challenge book and choose to make your own opinion.

Thanks for Stopping By

Helois